Friday, August 21, 2015

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Calls for New Girls and Volunteers to Join in the Fun: Now is the Time to Register!

Research shows hands-on opportunities offered by largest girl-led organization in the world positively impact all aspects of girls’ lives.

As families in Central Alabama return to their school routines, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things and exercising leadership skills through activities like fighting pollution in their community, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports and more, Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year round. Girls can join by going to  

National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show that Girl Scouts is unique because girls get to learn by doing, and they do so in a girl-led environment. This means that, in addition to girls learning in a hands-on and active way, they are encouraged to choose their activities, decide which topics they want to explore, and determine how they want to go about exploring them.

Families can learn more about Girl Scouting at the annual Girl Scout Day at the Birmingham Zoo on September 12, 2015. This event is open to all girls grades K-12 and their families and friends. Enjoy special wildlife shows for Girl Scouts, face painting, photo-ops, a foam zone, train rides, a scavenger hunt and take a ride down the new slide! There will be a $5 admission for everyone. To discover other information nights in your area, go to

GSRI reports that at least 75 percent of girls who experience the fun of “learning by doing” and are part of a girl-led program become better at conflict resolution, problem solving, team building and cooperation, and developing self-confidence. In addition, nearly three in four girls who experience learning by doing and who are part of a girl-led program say that, because of Girl Scouts, they’ve become a leader in more activities with their friends and classmates, as well as in their community.

“Girl Scouting is the place for girls to have fun and try new experiences such as turning ordinary household items into robots, convincing the mayor to install a swing for special-needs children  in a park or hiking at one of our local Girl Scout camps,” said Heather Pike, Girl Scout Membership and Community Development Manager for the Over the Mountain area. “Girls gain so much confidence with Girl Scouting and our volunteers have worked tirelessly to prepare for an awesome year.”

Hands-on learning opportunities and girl-led experiences within Girl Scouts supplement the academic learning girls receive in school. These fun and empowering experiences have been shown to boost girls’ social and emotional skills, which are not generally part of a school curriculum, as well as improve academic performance. Additionally, since learning by doing is best facilitated in small environments, Girl Scouts’ 3:1 adult volunteer to girl ratio gives girls the optimal experience to tap into their interests and talents, and the opportunity to explore fun new things like STEM, entrepreneurship, and the outdoors. GSRI reports girls who experience learning by doing and are part of a girl-led program are more likely to develop confidence, healthy relationships, critical thinking, problem solving and positive life skills.

“We want every girl to be so excited about the adventures she’ll have with us that she can hardly wait for it, because she knows she can do anything she sets her mind to,” said Mary Charles, Interim CEO for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. “That feeling starts with parents who encourage their daughters, and volunteers who are role models. I challenge you to experience the positive impact that Girl Scouting can have on your girl.”

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
We're over 18,000 strong—14,000 girls and 4,000 adults in 36 counties in the state of Alabama who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way partner. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit or call 800-734-4541.